At least two persons, a father and a grandfather, have been arrested for allegedly raping their 13-year-old daughter/granddaughter by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Osun State Command.
This was disclosed by on Tuesday in statement issued by the command’s Spokesperson, Mr Adigun Daniel in Osogbo, stressing that the suspects were arrested on Friday, upon the confession of the girl.
However, both the father and the grandfather had denied having carnal knowledge of the girl.
“The corps received a tip-off from an informant who disclosed that the girl opened up to her that the grandfather and father have been having canal knowledge of her. The corps immediately swung to action and arrested the father.
“Upon investigation, the girl said that her father had been canal knowledge of her since two years ago. She also said that she had been living with her maternal grandmother at the age of three before she was taken to her paternal grandfather at the age of five.
“She said that her father and mother are separated and that was why she was entrusted in the care of her grandparents at different times.
“The girl also stated that at some point, she was molested by her grandfather but she could not stick to her allegation, owing to the fact that she was still living with him,” the NSCDC spokesman said.
According to the spokesperson, the corps had given custody of the girl to the state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, pending the conclusion of investigation on the matter.
"The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, had directed that appropriate investigation be carried out on the alleged case of incest against the victim," he said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NSCDC spokesman quoted Ocheja as saying that the girl was psychologically disturbed to give vivid account of her ordeal, adding, however, that with tact, the corps would scoop out useful information to help her.
"NSCDC would not condone such act in any guise, the protection of underage and females was paramount to the corps," Ocheja said.a